Have a look at our top twelve places to see and make sure you make the most of your time in Glasgow!
People’s Palace & Winter Gardens
Glasgow Green Glaswegian social history from 1750, a Doulton Fountain and loads of exotic palms and plants.
Glasgow Cathedral Also known as St Kentigern’s and St Mungo’s and described in Sir Walter Scott’s novel Rob Roy, this 800–year–old Scottish Gothic kirk saw King James IV ratify the treaty of Perpetual Peace with England in 1504. Has one of the UK’s best stained glass collections, and a very rare wooden rood screen.
The Lighthouse Centre for Design and Architecture Designed by Art Nouveau guru Charles Rennie Mackintosh, this 5–storey Visitors’ Centre contains a ‘Mack’ centre, design galleries, a viewing platform and tower, workshops and a restaurant.
House for an Art Lover Bellahouston Park ‘Mack’s masterpiece’, designed inside and out by the great architect in 1901 and featuring Oval Room, Music Room, Gallery, double–height Entrance Hall, ‘Mackintosh Suite’, plus café and shop.
The Tenement House, 145 Buccleuch Street . What was life like in an early 20th century tenement? Come and find out at this faithfully restored museum, with authentic range and gas lighting.
The Style Mile The hottest brands and boutiques including House of Fraser, St Enoch Centre, Buchanan Galleries.
The Hunterian Museum and The Mackintosh House Glasgow University Scotland’s oldest public museum, spread across several sites at the University, featuring everything from ancient Rome to Rembrandt and Rubens. FREE
Gallery of Modern Art Right in the city centre, a beautiful 18th century building and artistic oasis, with regular and special exhibitions plus a café.
Willow Tearooms, 217 Sauchiehall Street ‘Mack’ designed, even down to the teaspoons, and one of Glasgow’s top attractions, plus they have cakes too. Just the price of a pot of tea – but you might want to book beforehand
Riverside Museum The new award–winning Transport Museum, on Pointhouse Quay, sporting all sorts of big and beautiful things with wheels, wings and sails.
King Tut’s Wah Wah Hut, St Vincent Street ‘Quite possibly the finest small venue in the world’ according to the NME, and Radio 1’s ‘Best Live Venue’ 3 years running, King Tut’s helped launch the likes of The Killers, Radiohead, Pulp, Manic Street Preachers, Snow Patrol and famously, Oasis.
Glasgow Science Centre, Pacific Quay 3 floors of hands–on science, workshops and interactive exhibits, plus a planetarium, a tower, a café and shop, and Scotland’s biggest Imax screen. Not free like other museums, but still one of Glasgow’s most outstanding tourist attractions.
How many of these take your fancy? Let us know which ones you have been to or wish to visit.